Definition of kudos in English:



  • 1Praise and honor received for an achievement.

    • ‘Now I have to give credit where it is due, so kudos to all those involved in the major drug bust on Monos Island.’
    • ‘Also, kudos to Terry Milewski of the CBC for fantastic reporting of this story.’
    • ‘I don't know if they nailed him later with a credit card chargeback, but I say kudos to him for giving us all a big laugh.’
    • ‘Lastly, kudos to all three performers for their spot-on character work.’
    • ‘Also, kudos to Amy from Cooking with Amy for getting some press as well.’
    • ‘Even the staff at the International Plaza Hotel offered kudos to the conference.’
    • ‘They again gave kudos to the organising committee, led by retired police officer Kyron Arthur.’
    • ‘Still a win is a win and the champs will find a way to win when its necessary so kudos to Detroit.’
    • ‘However, Mr Murphy gave kudos to the Credit Union for organising the event.’
    • ‘Still she performed like a trooper and actually did the shoot so kudos to her.’
    • ‘Good luck and kudos to you for taking an interest in a needy child.’
    • ‘The lone conductor never stood a chance of subduing them, but kudos to her for trying anyway.’
    • ‘If you are one of the few who have stuck with it, kudos to you.’
    • ‘The voluminous and emotional responses ranged from kudos to condemnation.’
    • ‘I'll give kudos to Kendall who has tried three times to get rid of him.’
    • ‘If so, kudos to Neyer for being the only one to stand up to the guy.’
    • ‘So it isn't as if it is going to bring a lot of extra ratings but it will certainly bring a lot of kudos to the network that did it.’
    • ‘I've given out some kudos to Julia Baird and we all vigorously debated Miranda Devine.’
    • ‘Now on the surface this sounds like a right reasonable question to ask and kudos to the guy who brought it up.’
    • ‘It gives equal kudos to Harrison, the man who spent decades creating the most accurate clock in the world, and King.’
    prestige, cachet, glory, honour, status, standing, distinction, prestigiousness, fame, celebrity, reputation, repute, renown, notability
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    1. 1.1North American informal Compliments or congratulations.
      ‘kudos to everyone who put the event together’
      • ‘Kudos to the Astros for bucking the conventional wisdom in favor of guys who can actually pitch.’
      • ‘Kudos to them for providing Hussain with a forum.’
      • ‘Kudos to Mark for at least getting it out the door periodically.’
      • ‘Kudos on the quality of the production; they did not skimp on anything.’
      • ‘Kudos to the library there for taking the lead on this project!’
      • ‘Kudos to Anchor Bay for doing at least something with a little old horror flick from the '80s.’
      • ‘More kudos to your site due to the fact the CEO likes your idea!’
      • ‘Kudos to the Toledo Blade for breaking an important story.’
      • ‘Kudos to Nikolai for navigating the sometimes turbulent, shark infested waters around weblog island to create The Bloggies.’
      • ‘Kudos to all of you for an amazing job.’
      • ‘Kudos to Szokolay for devoting part of his program to some of the composer's underrated keyboard gems.’
      • ‘Kudos to MGM for their great work on this title!’
      • ‘Kudos to the costumes by Michael O'Connor (The Last King Of Scotland).’
      • ‘Kudos to the wonderful children who did their teacher proud, winning applause from her gurus in whose honour the mega event was held.’
      • ‘Kudos for the excellent job on the college football bowl preview.’
      • ‘Kudos to this dancer for thinking beyond the customary perception of affording Rama the superlative prowess; thereby questioning his viability to be worshipped.’
      • ‘Kudos, by the way, on the fantastic articles.’
      • ‘Kudos to President Tadic of Serbia for arresting him.’
      • ‘Kudos goes to Robert Yates Racing for developing a better overall package for Jarrett.’
      • ‘Kudos to the Journal for finally raising the issue.’
      praise, commendation, applause, salutes, honour, acclaim, acclamation, tribute, cheers, ovation, accolade, plaudits, felicitations
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Kudos comes from Greek and means ‘glory.’ Despite appearances, it is not a plural form. This means that there is no singular form kudo and that use as a plural, as in the following sentence, is incorrect: he received many kudos for his work (correct use is he received much kudos for his work)


Late 18th century: Greek.